Concerns that deaf pupils are being let down*

by danielbarker on 18 February, 2019

The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) has expressed concerns over attainment figures that place deaf pupils well behind their classmates. According to the society’s analysis of last year’s figures, the attainment gap between the two groups first becomes apparent at KS1, where only 53% of deaf pupils achieved the required standard. This dropped to 43% […]

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Key Individuals Network (KIN) – West Midlands Police Dear Friend and Colleague In order to police effectively we need to engage with the communities we serve and to have effective two-way communication. One way we do this is through the Key Individuals Network (KIN). Having a good Key Individuals Network will provide an opportunity for […]

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TORY CUTS CRIPPLING LOCAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT*

by danielbarker on 15 February, 2019

The funding gap for the concessionary bus fare scheme in England, which provides free off-peak bus travel for older and disabled people, has grown to an estimated £652 million, new analysis for the Local Government Association reveals. Councils are warning that, unless Government addresses this widening gap in the Spending Review, vulnerable residents could be […]

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MPs have criticised the Government’s 30 hours childcare commitment arguing that it ‘confused’ and ‘entrenches’ disadvantage. A report by the Sutton Trust has revealed the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their more advantaged counterparts is evident when children begin school aged five. By this age there is a gap between them the equivalent of […]

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Vince Cable is holding a Westminster Hall debate on funding for special educational needs and disability this afternoon. In an article for Politics Home, he outlines the impact on families when they don’t have the support that they need… A single mum in a small flat with a child who needs constant attention while she […]

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More than 165,000 of the most affordable rented homes have been lost across England in the last six years, new research has revealed. Analysis by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) found 117,828 local authority homes and 47,869 housing association homes for social rent were lost between 2012 and 2018. Based on current trends, CIH […]

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This week, a High Court ruling provided further evidence that councils and schools are struggling to meet the needs of high needs pupils due to funding restraints. A school has won a High Court ruling against a local authority which may have a significant impact on how LAs manage Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) […]

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Central Government cuts have eroded the ability of local planners to think strategically about planning and to ‘serve the public interest’, research has revealed.A study, based on focus groups with 50 planning professionals from across the UK, has concluded that under-resourcing and reforms that have undermined planning’s strategic role has relegated planning to a reactive, […]

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GOVT NEEDS TO STOP HITTING PEOPLE WITH HIGHER ENERGY BILLS

by danielbarker on 11 February, 2019

Responding to reports that more than half of households are set to see an increase in energy costs with Ofgem raising price caps, former Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said: The Conservatives introduced the price cap claiming it would save people money. But it was never going to do so, and […]

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Many popular council services could disappear by 2025 due to a £8bn funding black hole, council leaders have warned. The Local Government Association (LGA) have published a list of seven discretionary services that councils might need to consider reducing in order to meet their statutory duties. This includes improving parks and green spaces, council tax […]

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